In a wave of nationwide rallies, Nigerian youths have taken to the streets to demand justice for the late music sensation, Ilerioluwa Aloba, widely known as Mohbad. The gatherings, marked by peaceful demonstrations, come days after a protest was launched in Ikorodu, Lagos, to seek justice for the beloved artist.
Abeokuta, Ogun State
On Tuesday morning, a gathering of impassioned youths converged in the Panseke area of Abeokuta, Ogun State, to voice their demands for justice in the wake of Mohbad’s untimely demise. Dressed in somber black attire and bearing placards adorned with inscriptions such as #JusticeforMohbad and #WhoOffLight, these young individuals made their stance known at the skating ground arena in Abeokuta.
Simultaneously, fervent Mohbad supporters in Delta State, believed to be the late singer’s fans, embarked on a similar mission. They assembled along Effurun Road, brandishing placards calling for justice and closure in the Mohbad case.
The string of rallies initiated in Ikorodu, Lagos, the previous week, further highlights the intensity of emotions stirred by Mohbad’s passing. The artist, who passed away on a Tuesday, was swiftly laid to rest the following Wednesday in Ikorodu. However, controversy has swirled around his death, with some directing accusations towards Azeez Fashola, commonly known as Naira Marley, and the owner of Marlian Records.
Outpouring of Support from Renowned Artistes
Prominent figures in the Nigerian music industry have taken to social media platforms, adding their voices to the chorus demanding justice for the late music sensation.
Government Initiatives for Investigation
The Lagos State Police Command has heeded the calls for accountability and initiated a special investigation team dedicated to probing Mohbad’s death. The establishment of this team occurred on the preceding Monday.
In a significant development, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has directed the Lagos State Police Command to collaborate with the Department of State Service (DSS) to conduct an extensive investigation into the circumstances surrounding the untimely death of Mohbad. This directive was conveyed in an official statement released on Tuesday by the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Gbenga Omotoso.
In his statement, Governor Sanwo-Olu expressed his condolences to the bereaved family, friends, fans, and residents affected by the tragic loss of the promising young artist. He conveyed the government’s deep sympathy, recognizing Mohbad’s remarkable contributions to the highly competitive music industry.
The statement reads, “The Lagos State Government has noted the developments that have followed the death of music star Ilerioluwa Oladimeji Aloba (aka MohBad). The Government commiserates with his family and fans. We feel the pains of losing such a talented and promising young man, who made a name for himself in a highly competitive industry. May The Almighty grant his soul rest and comfort his bereaved family and fans.”
In response to Governor Sanwo-Olu’s directive, the Police in Lagos State have embarked on a comprehensive investigation aimed at shedding light on the circumstances surrounding the tragic demise of the young star.